Reading Really Matters!
At Christ Church Primary we believe that reading really matters and we aim for excellence in reading achievement throughout the school. Reading gives pupils the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually; we provide a wealth of opportunities for pupils to read widely and often, enabling them to both acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.
It is our aim that pupils at Christ Church Primary School read with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies. They learn to take responsibility for their own learning, demonstrate a love of reading and a desire to read for enjoyment. Through reading widely and often, they develop a growing vocabulary and become adept at using their creativity, imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness. Reading is embedded throughout the curriculum and in all subject areas.
In addition, dedicated timetabled reading lessons facilitate the teaching of specific fluency and comprehension skills. In EYFS and key stage one, discrete RML phonics lessons and are taught in homogenous ability groups. The ‘RML’ phonics scheme is used to teach early reading and ensure that children are able to decode efficiently. In addition, a range of reading materials, including ‘Book Bag’ books are used to support guided reading and practise at home.
We have a wide selection of fiction and non fiction home/ school reading books as well as well stocked libraries in every classroom. All children, as soon as they are ready, have an ability matched Oxford Reading Tree scheme book and a self chosen library book to read both in school and at home for practise.
Reading is promoted and celebrated throughout the life of school; EYFS ‘Open House’, half termly 'Responsible Reader' awards, as well as certificates for those who have moved to the next stage of their reading, ‘Reader of the Month’ assemblies, regular book quizzes and a book fair are just some of the ways in which we achieve this.
Please see our reading policy and diary of reading events for further information.
Diary of Reading Events
Our visit from the book fair is an exciting time for children and families to explore and purchase new books. Staff are always on hand to recommend suitable titles. The school benefits from every purchase made so additional books can be bought for our school libraries.
Father Christmas Visit
At Christmas time, all children receive a visit from Santa to wish them a Happy Christmas and to receive a special gift of an engaging book to hook their interest and to add to their home reading collections.
Primary School Debates
Annually, Year 5 and 6 children are selected to take part in the local primary school debates in the Dudley Chambers of Commerce. This is a fantastic opportunity not only to develop their speaking, listening and debating skills, but to develop their awareness around current global issues and the impact we can have as global citizens.
World Book Day
We celebrate World Book Day by taking part in additional reading and book related activities throughout the day, covering all subject areas which feed children’s imagination. Even maths challenges are centred around reading. Children love to share their favourite books and talk about their favourite authors.
Year 6 Leavers
Children leaving Christ Church are presented with a Children’s Bible at our church celebration to keep and cherish alongside happy memories of our school. Children making significant contributions for example, our Junior Leadership Team or children with 100% attendance, are presented with our favourite poetry books.
Throughout the Year
Children may be chosen to receive a ‘Praise Certificate’ for their achievements in reading. These are presented in a celebration class assembly.
‘Moving Up’ certificates and ‘Responsible Reader’ certificates are presented half termly for those children progressing through a reading stage or showing qualities of a responsible reader at home or in school.
Once a month, a child from each phase receives a special ‘Reader of the Month’ certificate which is celebrated in class. This award can be gained through reading within any subject area.
Children who have excelled in reading throughout a term may be chosen to receive a ‘Headteacher’s Award’ for their progress or attainment. This is presented termly.
Our Junior Leadership team often run fund raising events through book sales. Children can purchase books at a low price and give them a much loved new home.
Stay and Learn
Within EYFS and Year 1, every half term parents and carers are invited into the classroom to learn with their child, this is an opportunity to see how phonics and reading is taught in school.
Parents and carers of Years 2 to 6 children are invited to stay and learn sessions during the Autumn Term, where they can take part in all aspects of learning around our reading curriculum for examples, during reading and writing lessons, and other curriculum subjects.
We hold Inspire workshops every term when parents and carers are invited to join their children in a workshop with a specific focus, which may be reading. This is an opportunity to develop a love of reading beyond school and discuss a wide range of titles, reading skills, tips and techniques.
Class Libraries and Competitions
Each class has their own class library with a wide range of books on offer. Children are welcome to browse their libraries and select books to read for pleasure. Class libraries run their own competitions and challenges throughout the year for children to participate in.